This morning, I read an article written by a member of online community writing that I joined in. She said that political column on the site should be deleted because it becomes a “battle field” for spreading hate speech, racist abuse and slander. The second reason is because many members or writers who wrote in the column weren’t based on objectivity and good analysis. Most of them wrote based on “like” or “dislike” only.
Even the site was once infiltrated by an ex convict of corruption case (he was once a fugitive because he had fled abroad) using a pseudonym as his account name. And that person often wrote in political column. But, of course, he likes to make a fuss with his writings. I was surprised when I read the fact. I be like, “how come?”
She also criticized why literary/fiction column was treated like a “stepchildren”. She said that literary column doesn’t get love and appreciation like other columns (the writers are no exception T_T). Honestly, I’m happy that she voiced out what we felt because I’m the one of writer in that column haha XD. I bow down 12345789 times to her.
After reading her writing, I became a bit sad. Is the appreciation so low for literature work and its writers? Yeah, maybe because it’s just literature/fiction work, people assume it’s only writer’s imagination, doesn’t provide knowledge at all. Is the assumption true? Haha, people who understand, won’t say things like that!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a non-fiction haters! If you’re old reader of my blog, you’ll find that most of my posts here are poems and it’s included in fiction work (even though I wrote it based on my own experiences). I read non-fiction books and articles, mostly about humanities, mental health, socio-cultural, lifestyle, religion. But, sometimes I read other topics too. Sometimes, I write something related to those topics although in different forms. It can be poem, prose or opinion. Whatever I want. But, literature, especially poem has special place in my heart. Writing a poem makes me free. Free from telling my stories (whether it’s good or bad) implicitly and I’ll let the readers have their own interpretations. Even I can put in some actual issues on it.
I’ve also read an article that a literature can soften the reader’s heart. Why? Because, in fact, many moral values and life lessons are put in by the writers into their works. Beside that, in literature, especially poem, an inanimate objects seem to have lives and behave like humans. For example : dark swallows light, the sky close its curtain, the universe watches, smiling full moon, morning making out with the sun etc. They are also described as having feelings and can feel certain emotions, such as sad, happy, angry etc. When we can imagine that the moon can smile, the sky can be gloomy, lonely can rule, we will definitely think that if inanimate objects can feel these emotions, what about humans? Whereas, humans have five senses, have brains, have hearts, have thoughts, have feelings. If we can understand this thing, we will not dare to hurt others, both physically and mentally. So, reading a literature/fiction is as useful as reading non-fiction. That’s why it deserves love and appreciation too.
And about politics, actually, I don’t hate it. Politics is good. Sometimes, I read it too if it attracts my interest and assume it as important to be known. But, what makes the political image worse is the politicians and their fanatic supporters who justify any means for power. So, I don’t think it’s politics that I should hate, it’s their behaviour that makes me sick.
Have a great day, everyone! Don’t forget to be happy